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Gospel According to John

General Information

The Gospel According to John is the fourth book of the New Testament of the Bible. In style, language, and content, it differs dramatically from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke - called the synoptic Gospels. Unlike these Gospels, the fourth Gospel opens with a philosophical prologue (John 1:1 - 18). It identifies the Logos, or Word, with Christ and introduces the themes to be developed in the Gospel.

Thus it is from John's Gospel that one concludes that Jesus' ministry lasted 3 years. In the synoptic Gospels, parables are Jesus' vehicle for teaching; in John, long discourses are used.

Gospel of John

Brief Outline

  1. Incarnate Word (1:1-18)
  2. Testimony to Jesus' Messiahship (1:19-2:11)
  3. Christ's self-revelation, through words and deeds (2:12-12:50)
  4. Christ's self-revelation, through His Crucifixion and Resurrection (13-21)


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